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House demolition involves the complete destruction of a house and its foundations, as opposed to deconstruction which is a more measured and calculated process. House demolition, or residential demolition, will involve the complete removal of the previous house including the basement and foundation.
When planning a house demolition, there are a number of processes that must be completed and considered beforehand to ensure that all legal, health and safety regulations have been met.
The first step is to gain a permit or demolition license from your local council. The requirements can vary from suburb to suburb depending on the heritage listings of properties in the area. Once the house demolition is approved and you have received a permit, then the Fire Department and all Utilities companies need to be made aware as they will need to disconnect all gas, water and electricity mains.
After you have chosen a demolition company to carry out the project, after checking their references and reputation, then an asbestos check is required, especially for houses constructed before the 1980's. During this stage, your demolition company will be able to organize all waste removal and recycling options for when demolition commences.
Finally, the mortgage lender for the property ill need to be contacted to ensure that the demolition can proceed and all buildings plans for the site for future projects submitted for approval. All up, the process of house demolition can take approximately a week from start of the demolition to the end of clean up.
House demolition should be the last resort when considering a property, if not only for the environmental considerations as it will produce a large amount of landfill. However, when selecting a demolition company enquire as to their environmental practices and if they are able to remove and recycle as much building material as possible to sell as second-hand material. This will save you both money and the environment.